What To Do

 

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My Pet is Missing, What Do I Do?

 

  • Conduct a thorough foot search walking several blocks in each direction from the place your pet was last seen.  Talk to the mailman, construction workers, children outside playing, or anyone you see along the way asking if they have seen your pet.  

 

 

  • Contact your veterinarian and nearby animal hospitals.  Be prepared to provide a detailed description of your missing pet.

 

  • Make posters to put on neighborhood light poles and bulletin boards.  Use fluorescent posterboard and include a picture so it can be seen from several feet away.

 

  • Visit area animal shelters as often as possible.  Be aware that most cities require that a shelter hold an animal for 5 days before making it available for adoption.

 

  • If your pet is microchipped contact the microchip company and let them know.  Make sure that all contact information is updated and current so that you can be reached if your pet is found.

 

  • Most importantly DO NOT GIVE UP.  Be diligent in your search.  Your pet is out there and it is up to you to find them.

 

 

I Have Found a Pet.  What Do I Do?

  • Take the pet to the nearest shelter or veterinary clinic and have it scanned for a microchip.  If a microchip is found the shelter or veterinary clinic will contact the microchip company and obtain the registered owner contact information

 

  • If there is no microchip found try walking the neighborhood asking neighbors and people you see if they recognize the pet or know who it belongs to.  See if the pet can lead you to its home.

 

 

  • Notify the local animal shelters that you have found a pet and ask them to check  and see if anyone has reported it missing.  If you are unable to keep the pet while searching for the owner take it to the nearest animal shelter - this is where the owners will likely search for it.

 

  • Make posters to put on neighborhood light poles and bulletin boards.  Use fluorescent posterboard and include a picture so it can be seen from several feet away.

 

  • Create a Found ad on your Facebook page and share it with various Lost and Found Facebook groups. 

 

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